Posts Tagged ‘college students’

Notre Dame Students Spar Over Same-Sex Marriage

April 15th, 2014 No comments

by Alexandra DeSanctis – University of Notre Dame on April 11, 2014

A war-of-words has engulfed the University of Notre Dame recently, with dueling student petitions dividing the campus and prompting a debate over whether the venerable Catholic university should take a stand in support of traditional marriage. Read more…

Christian college slapped with Title IX claim for denying transgender female room in all-male dorm

April 9th, 2014 Comments off

by Eric Owens

A transgender student at a smallish Christian liberal arts college in small-town Oregon has filed a federal Title IX discrimination claim that would force the school give the student a dorm room in an all-male residence hall, thus violating its theological principles. Read more…

College Athletics and the Common Good

March 20th, 2014 Comments off

by Anthony Esolen, Professor of English at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island, and the author of Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child and Ironies of Faith. He is also a Ruth Institute Circle of Experts Member.

This article was first published February 7, 2014, at

If we looked at actual young men and women, and not abstractions, we might begin to think of other things besides the ratio of members of each sex participating in this or that activity. We might think about love. Read more…

The link between student debt and divorced parents

March 10th, 2014 Comments off

by Nicole M. King

The News Story – Student loans are ruining your life. Now they’re ruining the economy, too.

With graduation around the corner for the class of 2014, many students are beginning to ponder what kind of job will pay off their mountain of debt. And well they should. TIME reported last week that the average amount of student debt for the class of 2012 was $29,400. Over the past ten years, the amount of student debt nationwide has grown from an already staggering $253 billion to a suffocating $1.08 trillion—a 300% increase. Read more…

Hook-up culture is ruining our marriage prospects

November 1st, 2013 Comments off

Why our generation can’t handle commitment


Why does an unanswered text message elicit so much angst? Why are we attracted to people we don’t even like? And why do we shrug off people who show an incessant interest in us? Because we do not want commitment, we want a scandal. We do not want to settle down, we want a chase and a casual hook-up. Read more…

Love and Fidelity Network Conference

October 25th, 2013 Comments off
In case you hadn’t heard, we have extended registration for our 6th annual conference Sexuality, Integrity, and the University through FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1. We already have 225 students and recent alumni registered; spaces are filling fast, so don’t forget to sign up before it’s too late.

Thank you very much to all who have agreed to sponsor this year’s conference. This conference – the largest annual event  in the movement for sexual integrity on college campuses - would not be possible without your generosity. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please see below. Read more…

Come Out and Celebrate?

October 18th, 2013 Comments off
by  , a Ruth Institute “It Takes a Family” 2013 alumnus

National Coming Out Day’s emphasis on “celebrating” students’ self-identification as LGBT undermines Notre Dame’s pastoral responsibility to help students develop an integrated sexual identity and a true understanding of human dignity. Read more…

Faith and (Dorm) Life

October 16th, 2013 Comments off

This shows the need for the kind of outreach to young adults that Ruth specializes in.


Faith-based dorms at secular universities offer a positive alternative to the indoctrination and debasement present on many campuses.

If incongruity is the basis of humor, then the modern university is a pretty funny place. Read more…

Let’s talk about marriage

October 1st, 2013 Comments off
Millennials do actually want to hear about marriage from their elders, a professor finds.

It’s a cold, sleety Minnesota day, and I’m in a classroom with 25 undergraduate students, talking about marriage. This discussion is the culmination of a mini-unit in which (among other things) we examined sociological data showing worrisome marital trends in America. Read more…

Gender neutral housing a bad call all around

August 27th, 2013 Comments off

by Bob Kellogg

A Massachusetts university has announced it is implementing a gender neutral policy regarding students living on campus.

A Boston University spokesman says this policy empowers students to make “choices about how they live and greater control over their college experience.” Andrew Beckwith of the Massachusetts Family Institute sees it differently. Read more…